08 09 Season
By Paul Dunn
Directed by Michael Shamata
September 26 – October 19, 2008
Tarragon Theatre Extraspace
Paul Dunn’s sexy and darkly comic contemporary sequel to A Midsummer Night’s Dream… Artfully blending the romantic heart of Shakespeare’s classic with a modern sensibility, Dunn (High-Gravel-Blind for the Stratford Festival and BOYS for Theatre Direct Canada) explores what happens when Demetrius, Helena, Hermia and Lysander finally wake up. Using an edgy mix of humour and pathos, Offensive Shadows reveals an uncertain future, where magic can’t always save the day.
Offensive Shadows premiered in 2007 at the Tarragon Extra Space as part of the SummerWorks Theatre Festival, where it won the NOW Magazine Audience Choice Award. In its 2007 SummerWorks wrap-up, NOW also listed Offensive Shadows among the Outstanding New Plays, Productions and Ensembles of the festival.
In 2008, again at the Tarragon, Studio 180 remounted the original work along with a new companion piece for Puck, set in a world that no longer believes in fairies. The National Post listed Offensive Shadows among the best new Canadian plays of 2008.